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As we age, we all notice many changes taking place in our bodies - but few affect our lifestyles more than the changes that take place with our vision. We all value our sight more than any of our other senses. So its no surprise that you want to protect your eyesight. As you go on, you may find that poor vision due to a cataract is interfering with many of your desired activities. Reading, driving and even watching TV may be difficult. You should be concerned, but you shouldnt be worried.
Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that about 50% of all people will have some cataract formation before age 60 and close to 100% will develop them by age 70. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world -- so youre not alone.
Cataracts have the potential to severely impair your vision. But the good news is: They can be treated! Advances in modern ophthalmology and improvements in microsurgical techniques have made the treatment of cataracts a highly successful procedure.
The human eye functions in much the same way as a camera. Light passes through the lens of the camera and is focused on the film.
Cataracts can develop slowly over a period of years but in some cases they may develop quickly in only a few months. As the cloudiness increases, the vision becomes progressively worse. Cataracts may affect both eyes at a different rate or they may affect only one eye.
Of course, only your eye doctor can tell for sure if you have a cataract but there are several symptoms that may indicate the presence of a cataract.
The timing depends on how much the cataract limits your vision. When your vision becomes impaired enough to interfere with normal activities, such as driving, reading or watching TV, then surgery is advisable.
Advanced surgical techniques and modern lens replacement now make "same day cataract surgery" possible. You can have your cataract removed at our ambulatory surgery center and go home within 2-3 hours or on an outpatient basis at a nearby hospital and go home the same day.
For those who wish to be fully awake during surgery local and topical anesthesia is available.
Your surgery will take place in a fully equipped state-of-the-art operating room. Throughout your operation, an experienced surgical team will assist the doctor and see to your well-being and comfort
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. But please keep in mind that the chance of any complication occurring is slight. Cataract surgery has been performed on over one million people in this country alone and has one of the highest success rates of any type of surgery.
Prior to your surgery we will ask you to sign a consent form indicating you understand the surgical procedure, the alternatives to surgery and the possible complications of the surgery. This form explains everything in detail. Please read it carefully. And again, please do not hesitate to ask us if any of this information is unclear.
There are different surgical techniques to remove the clouded lens. The decision will be made by your doctor based on his or her evaluation of your individual case.
Once your cataract lens has been removed, it can be replaced by an artificial lens. During surgery, the cataract lens will most likely be replaced with a tiny, clear plastic lens called an intraocular lens or IOL.
Assuming that no other vision problems are present, you should enjoy improved vision soon after surgery. However, based on your individual needs, you may require additional corrective lenses. Glasses may be needed to assist you with certain activities such as reading or driving.
In 1949, the first intraocular lens was introduced. Currently, it is the preferred method of lens replacement in 98% of all cataract cases.
Sophisticated manufacturing processes insure that each IOL is comfortable and non-irritating to delicate eye tissue.
The actual surgery is a short procedure and before you know it youll be resting in the recovery room. You will receive discharge instructions at this time.
Once treated, you can never have a cataract in that eye again. It is possible, however, for the membrane that supports your new lens to become cloudy and blur your vision. A device called a YAG Laser was designed to treat this problem in a single office visit. The procedure is fast, painless and should quickly restore your vision. And there are no restrictions on your activities after Yag Laser Surgery. Click to go to YAG Laser surgery page.
Our team hope we have been able to give you a better idea of how a cataract is treated. We want you to be comfortable with your decision to undergo cataract surgery. But most of all, we want you to know that we will do everything in our power to insure that you have a safe, comfortable and successful cataract operation. Remember, each year over one million people just like you have cataract surgery with excellent results.
No matter what your age, you want to be able to enjoy an active and productive lifestyle. Today, modern surgical techniques, intraocular lens implantation and "same day surgery" make cataract surgery safe, fast and effective. Your improved vision will enhance your normal lifestyle and activities and add years of enjoyment to your life.
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